Three Cornell botanists found fossil water lilies from the early Cretaceous that look nearly identical to modern ones, except that they are smaller. The exquisitely-detailed fossils were preserved in a New Jersey clay pit by a process of coalification. Water lilies (family Nymphaeaceae) are presumed by evolutionists to be among the earliest flowering plants (angiosperms). These ancient specimens apparently trapped beetles for pollination the same way as their living counterparts, “suggesting that many modern insect�plant associations were already established by this time,” (~90 million years ago).” The paper is published in PNAS.11Gandolfo, Nixon and Crepet, “Cretaceous flowers of Nymphaeaceae and implications for complex insect entrapment pollination mechanisms in early Angiosperms,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0402473101.The paper shows fine details that make it hard to believe these impressions are that old, but that is where evolutionary theory has to put them into their mythical timeline. No evolution, again; the fossils are spitting images for modern water lilies, elaborate pollination structures and all, except smaller – but size is a minor matter compared to the machinery required to produce structure. Maybe they just haven’t found big ones yet. These specimens exhibit “precise and dramatic correspondence between the fossil floral morphology and that of modern Victoria [Amazon water lily] flowers,” they announce with apparent surprise. Enough to give Charlie another bout of indigestion. Poor evolutionists. They keep trying to find simple ancestors for things, and in every kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species they find the oldest specimens are just as complex as those alive today. Anyone see evolution here? Keep hunting; our selfish, materialistic world is counting on you.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The J&K’s political parties on Monday called for “simultaneous and early” Assembly and Parliament elections, as the full team of Election Commission of India (ECI) arrived in Srinagar on a two-day visit to hold deliberations and assess the ground situation.The ECI team, comprising Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa, met at least 11 political parties and individuals in Srinagar. It also held discussions with senior officers of the police and the administration “to get a first-hand information on the ground situation” of the State, which witnessed several cycles of both street and militancy-related violence since 2014.“Elections are soon going to be held to uphold the principles of democracy. The ECI desires that the elections should be the most inclusive with absolute neutrality by people involved in organising them” CEC Arora said.The ECI team met the representatives of National Conference (NC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Congress, BJP, CPI (M), Peoples Conference (PC), People Democratic Front (PDF), Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN), Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) etc. in Srinagar and sought their inputs.“Situation in Kashmir is fragile. An elected government is the only way out to bring normalcy. The ECI should not wait to announce dates for holding both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls together,” said NC general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.PDP leader A. R. Veeri also told the ECI that “prevailing alienation and unpredictable situation can only be handled by an elected government and both the elections should be held simultaneously”. Seconding the demand to hold both the elections together, Congress leader Taj Mohiudin said, “Security agencies should create a conducive atmosphere for polls”. AIP chief Engineer Rashid early these elections were important to allow the local government “to deal with the issues of Article 35A and Article 370”. CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami pointed out that “in absence of an elected government, uncertainty in the State is was deepening day-by-day”. “There is no justification to delay elections in J&K, neither political nor constitutional. The elections dates for both Parliament and Assembly should be announced soon,” said Mr. Tarigami. DPN chief Ghulam Hassan Mir said holding early elections would be a test “whether the ECI was an independent body or was influenced by the Centre”. The BJP said it’s also ready to face the elections. “We expressed our readiness to contest the elections as and when ECI desired it,” said BJP spokesman Altaf Thakur.Meanwhile, the ECI team reviewed “preparedness of various departments of civil and police administration”, besides transportation of EVMs and polling material. The ECI team will visit Jammu on Tuesday and meet political parties there before it leaves for New Delhi to take a final call.J&K first came under the Governor’s rule on June 19, 2018 and under President’s rule on December 19, 2018. The state is without an elected government for around 10 months and the President’s rule will complete its six months in June this year.
MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine Superliga will employ two Thai referees for the best-of-three championship series between Petron and F2 Logistics starting on Tuesday at FilOil Flying V Center.International refs Komsun Gettaworn and Jirasak Pumduang are set to arrive Monday, according to PSL chair Philip Ella Juico. ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sting of finals loss fuels San Miguel’s drive to another All-Filipino title Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “While we are very satisfied with the performance of our local referees, the participation of guest referees from Thailand would definitely spice up the finals series. Aside from that, allowing foreign guest-referees also put the PSL in the community of leagues that strictly adheres to fair play and respect to the sport,” he said.The PSL has been bringing in foreign referees during conference finals the past four years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“With the guest referees and the video challenge system, we’re looking forward to a fair, just and exciting finals series. We’re glad to have Mr. Gettaworn and Mr. Pumduang on board,” Juico said. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)CG Hospitality completes acquisition of the Award-Winning Eco Luxury Medical Wellness Resort, The Farm at San Benito, Philippines to add to its fast growing global portfolioManila, Philippines(NewsVoir)CG Hospitality Holdings, a Kathmandu-based multi-national conglomerate with 200 years of legacy and a proven track record over the past two decades in the hospitality industry, has bought out its current partners to take control of The Farm. CG will take over the full management of The Farm at San Benito after Mr. Binod Chaudhary, Chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG), bought the shares of Avalon Hospitality.With this buyout, The Farm, located in Lipa, Batangas, is expected to grow its business by building more villas and facilities inside the 48-hectare lush tropical jungle. The plan is to also develop a world-class high-end residential development, which will be focused around the concept and philosophy of The Farm.As one of the biggest and fastest growing hospitality groups in the region, CG Hospitality is expected to strengthen the positioning and business of The Farm, both in the Philippines as well as in markets such as Europe, USA, India, Nepal and the Middle East, by bringing a range of brilliant talents and industry experts.Mr. Binod Chaudhary commented, The Farm at San Benito is a brand that is waiting to take over the world through its intrinsic philosophy that promotes health and well being. The next phase of development will upscale its market and improve service offerings and the holistic healing experience of its customers. The Farm needs to be replicated across key global destinations to deliver on the ever-increasing predictions and trends around wellness. Making time to unplug is a higher priority than ever before and destinations that help achieve this balance like The Farm will be highly sought after.advertisementCG Hospitality Holdings has a total portfolio of more than 95 hotels and resorts in 12 countries and 70 destinations with over 5,715 keys under a range of brands including Taj, Jetwing, Radisson, Alila, The Fern, Zinc Journey, Summit.By 2020, the company projects its number of properties to double. Mr. Rahul Chaudhary, MD of CG Hospitality Holdingsshared, The company is actively expanding globally by bringing more cutting-edge concepts to life in hotels, resorts, residences, and spas across Asia, Middle East, the United States, and Africa. We aim to redefine standards. In fact, Philippinesis an important market, that is why we plan and target to build another new holistic and healing sanctuary here. This expansion is projected to bring jobs in the country and drive tourism.The Farm at San Benito offers life transformative retreats and holistic medical wellness experiences that are evidence-based, science-based and results driven to heal and rejuvenate.Programs are carefully planned and conducted by internationally-trained medical doctors and experts.Save as much as 20% off on The Farms medically supervised Health Optimization programs from De-Stress & Revivify, Beauty & Vitality, Detox D Lite, Weight Management, Diabetes Prevention & Heart Health, Pain Management & Mental Health, Fitness & Sports Enhancement.An all-inclusive Health Optimization Program starts at USD 436++ per person per night on double occupancy/ USD 524++ on single occupancy. Seasonal rates are valid until December 20, 2018. To book a retreat or learn more about The Farm, visit www.thefarmatsanbenito.com. For direct inquiries, call (+632) 884-8074, (+63) 918 884-8080, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.About The Farm at San BenitoThe Farm at San Benito is a five-star holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of Manila, Philippines. It rests on 48 hectares of lush green jungle, with a stunning view of the majestic mountains, pure and fresh air with clear and positive life-giving energy radiating around the property. Its world-class facilities and services have made it a recipient of 56 prestigious accolades, including ‘The Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World.’The multi-awarded eco-luxury resort promotes holistic wellness through carefully planned and conducted programs by licensed medical professionals, spa therapists, nutritionists and living food experts, fitness coaches, and yoga teachers. The Farm specializes in preventing and addressing some of the most alarming and prevalent lifestyle illnesses in today’s society through detoxification, weight management, diabetes prevention, heart health, and stress management, among others.With only 33 exclusive suites and villas, a well-maintained property, world-class service, and the Filipinos’ nurturing touch, The Farm offers guests an unparalleled life-changing holiday experience.For more information, please visit www.thefarmatsanbenito.com.Image1:Mr. Binod Chaudhary, Chairman of Chaudhary Group (CG)advertisementImage 2 : The Farm at San Benito – A perfect place to healPWRPWR